Technical Buyer

Reed Procurement & Supply Chain
Guildford, Surrey
19 Jun 2017
19 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Technical Buyer role working for a leading Manufacturing and Engineering business based in the Woking / Guildford area.

This client is award winning and exceptionally well respected in their field. They can offer a dynamic role in a supportive environment based in modern, cutting edge facilities.

This is an exciting time to join this award winning organization as they embark on yet more progressive projects and plans.

You will be part of a team of 3 Technical Buyers, reporting to a Strategic Procurement Manager.  You will be required to use strategic best practice techniques to effectively source commodities from a global supply chain across, US, UK, EMEA and Far East Suppliers.

The range of commodities is vast and whilst there are key commodities that you will be buying frequently, there is also the need to support R&D and NPD with the procurement of new and as yet unsourced commodities.

Key commodities;
Aluminium castings
Injection moulded plastics
Precision machining

Key duties include:

Procurement of a diverse mix of products in line with production requirements to support lean manufacture on site.
Global Sourcing of component parts
Ability to interpret Engineering drawings
Utilise advanced procurement best practice skills to ensure of components and assemblies meeting quality, cost and delivery requirements. (QCD)
Project management and identification and realization of cost reduction programmes.
Robust vendor assessments and audits
Commercial awareness in line with agreeing or renewing contracts
Source for materials for cutting edge products to assist R&D and NPD
Supplier Management Skills, including expediting, performance management, setting KPI’s and “ship to stock” methodology approval process

The ideal candidate would possess;

A strong mechanical engineering background
Relevant commodity procurement experience: EG, castings, injection moulded plastics, metals or PCBs
Experience of overseas sourcing
Demonstrable experience of cost reduction
Previous use of an MRP system
Commercial experience: Drafting and implementing contractual terms
Supplier and vendor selection and associated due diligence
Ability to read engineering drawings
CIPS study or engineering qualification (or similar) desirable

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